Conquer Fansipan by Funicular Rail and Cable Car

Nga Do
Sa Pa is a small town in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains of Northwestern Vietnam. A popular trekking base, it overlooks the terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley, and is near the 3,143m-tall Fansipan peak, which is climbable via a steep, multiday guided walk. 
Conquer Fansipan by Funicular Rail and Cable Car
Photo by Vietnam Typical Tours team
Sa Pa and its surrounding region is host to many hill tribes, as well as rice terraces, lush vegetation, and Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina (Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam). Other great mountains like Aurora & J, where Sa Pa sees the first rays of sun, make up a very steep valley.

Fansipan is the highest mountain in Indochina. It is a part of the Hoàng Liên Sơn Mountain Range in the Northwest region of Vietnam. Access to the summit often starts in Sa Pa, the famous tourist hub of Lào Cai.

Traditionally, a hike to the summit of Fansipan would take about three days. The introduction of the cable car in 2016 reduced this to only 20 minutes but visitors still had to climb 600 steps to the top. Since 24 December 2016, instead of climbing, they can choose to take a funicular to the peak of Fansipan. This funicular departs from a station located a short walk away from the cable car station. The ride will only take 2.5 minutes and evidently save a lot of physical effort.

On 31 March 2018, a second funicular rail system was put into service at Fansipan. This system connects the central area of Sa Pa to the cable car station, finally eliminating the need to take a taxi. Conquering Fansipan is now really child’s play!

Being rail enthusiasts, we were eager to try the Fansipan funicular rail systems, so in early April 2018, we made a trip to Sa Pa just to do this. We were among the first passengers to experience the second, newly built funicular. Having used the funicular in Wellington (New Zealand), we have to say the Fansipan systems are just as impressive, if not more so. Combined with the cable car, they are indeed a cool way to see and feel Fansipan.

Following are four videos summarizing our trip to the summit of Fansipan using the funicular and cable car:

1. Funicular from Sa Pa Station to Mường Hoa Station

2. Cable car from Hoàng Liên Station to Fansipan Station

3. Walk from Fansipan Station to Đỗ Quyên Station and funicular from Đỗ Quyên Station to Trúc Mây Station

4. Fansipan Summit and the walk back to Fansipan Station

We hope those experience will help tourist have a memorable trip to the Fansipan. All information about information services as the action at Sapa, please contact that with us at:

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